World Bulletin / News Desk
US doctors fear an outbreak in California which has affected up to 20 people carries similarities to polio.
The American Academy of Neurology has raised concerns over incidents of sudden paralysis after patients suffered from a nerve-attacking illness.
Currently only Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are officially struggling with a polio endemic, but recent outbreaks in Syria also threaten to spread across the wider region.
Dr Emanuelle Waubant, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said that it may have spread of Asia as only California was affected.
He alo told the BBC that although he doesn't fear an epidemic, he was worried that patients showed no improvement despite aggressive treatment.
Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to poor air quality inside and outside, making it the world's fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking
New World Drug Report research identifies heroin as deadliest drug
Zika has caused alarm throughout the Americas since cases of the birth defect microcephaly were reported in Brazil, the country hardest hit by the outbreak
Philadelphia has become the first big city in the US to place a tax on soda to tackle the obesity crisis
Average global temperatures startlingly higher than normal between March-May
Government study provides strongest evidence of cell phone health effects
The reason for the high-level threat in the area is the presence there of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the Zika virus that health authorities say causes birth defects in newborns
Three-day African Utility Week conference begins in South African city of Cape Town
More than two thousand activists came together to close an opencast coal mine in Germany.
New federal rules unveiled on Thursday will tackle the release of the greenhouse gas methane from oil wells and equipment as part of an effort to fight climate change.
At least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have been lost completely to sea level rise and coastal erosion
Heads of UN, Work Bank lay out vision to deal with climate change
Turkish environment minister signs historic agreement in New York against taking action against climate change
Human defense mechanisms could be disrupted by the presence of a class of organic pollutants in fish and other food, according to new research.
'The time has come to treat childhood stunting as a development and an economic emergency,' World Bank Group head says